The Anti-Journalist

Reitter Paul
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, Karl Kraus created a bold new style of media criticism, penning incisive satires that elicited both admiration and outrage. Kraus's spectacularly hostile critiques often focused on his fellow Jewish journalists, which brought him a reputation as the quintessential self-hating Jew. The Anti-Journalist overturns this view with unprecedented... Read More
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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, Karl Kraus created a bold new style of media criticism, penning incisive satires that elicited both admiration and outrage. Kraus's spectacularly hostile critiques often focused on his fellow Jewish journalists, which brought him a reputation as the quintessential self-hating Jew. The Anti-Journalist overturns this view with unprecedented force and sophistication, showing how Kraus's criticisms form the center of a radical model of German-Jewish self-fashioning, and how that model developed in concert with Kraus's modernist journalistic style.
Paul Reitter's study of Kraus's writings situates them in the context of fin-de-siècle German-Jewish intellectual society. He argues that rather than stemming from anti-Semitism, Kraus's attacks constituted an innovative critique of mainstream German-Jewish strategies for assimilation. Marshalling three of the most daring German-Jewish authors--Kafka, Scholem, and Benjamin--Reitter explains their admiration for Kraus's project and demonstrates his influence on their own notions of cultural authenticity. The Anti-Journalist is at once a new interpretation of a fascinating modernist oeuvre and a heady exploration of an important stage in the history of German-Jewish thinking about identity.
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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 022675457X
ISBN-13 9780226754574
GTIN-13 9780226754574
GTIN-14 09780226754574
Series Studies in German-Jewish Cultural History and Literature, Fr
Subtitle Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-De-Siècle Europe
Author Reitter Paul
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 256
Publication Date Nov 8, 2020
Dimension 5.98 in 9.02 in 0.61 in